Styling Jumpsuits for Fall!

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Now that the cooler temps have swept in and have taken over, it has it made it all the more difficult to stay warm, but still look cute. This is something year after year I have struggled with, mostly because I love the warm and love my summer closet much more than my Fall/Winter.

I found the best way to wear those adorable jumpsuits right into the fall and even winter by simply layering a long sleeve top, or chunky knit sweater underneath. I have found so much use for a lot of my jumpsuits by using this little style hack. I packed away the really light coloured, or super flowery-summer printed ones but still have a lot to work with.

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This gingham print bow-tie jumpsuits was one of my faves in the summer with a white t-shirt underneath and I just love how it looks with a chunky white sweater underneath. This particular jumpsuit I ordered from Forever 21 online in the summer. It is unfortunately sold out, but there are many other options avaialble out there on sites like Shein, ASOS, Topshop and beyond. It’s safe to say gingham is here to stay!

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I paired it with a classic pair of black and white Vans but you could easily take this look from day to night and throw on a pair of little black heeled booties, or a pop of colour like red!

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I wore this outfit out to the pumpkin patch and got so many people coming up to me and complimenting me on my outfit. The gingham print is a classic, but was so perfect for a beautiful Fall day at the pumpkin patch! With the black and white, small gingham print pattern you could really accessorize and style this however you please!

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I hope you enjoyed this point and don’t shy away from rocking those jumpsuits into the fall and winter! Your style shouldn’t be compromised just being of cooler temps, so just find a way to work with what you’ve got!

xoxo

Sara

Butterscotch Pumpkin Spice Cheerio Bars!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Spice Cheerio Bars

If you follow along on my Instagram you would have seen my sneak peek story on these yummy Butterscotch Pumpkin Cheerio Bars. I decided to kick-start my Fall baking early and get some recipes in before Thanksgiving weekend! Here we are, now just over a week away. After posting the bars and creating a poll, it came back as a huge success for me to post the recipe on my blog.

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Pumpkin spice season is in full effect and we just can’t deny our love for it, no matter how unprepared  some of us are to say it’s officially Fall!

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Why not give in to the fact that Fall is here, pumpkin spice everything is going nowhere, and just enjoy everything that comes with this simple recipe!

To recreate these treat bars you will want to start off with a box of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. I wasn’t able to find them in my local grocery store (they either hadn’t hit the shelves yet, sold out, or just weren’t available) I opted for regular Cheerios and pumpkin-spiced them up on my own with Club House Pumpkin Pie Spice (which you will use in your recipe anyway!)

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It doesn’t take long at all to whip up a batch of these bars, and the recipes makes almost 25 bars- I was even very generous on the size of bar that I made. The most amount of time spent on this recipe is waiting for them to “chill” in the fridge but the recipe itself is simple, and much like your classic Rice Krispies squares can be made in under 10 minutes! This recipe is so user friendly and requires no actual backing at all (just a microwave!)

You can use any type of chocolate chips that your cravings desire, but I really enjoyed the pairing of the butterscotch and white chocolate drizzle with the pumpkin spice.

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You know you can’t resist that ooey-gooey butterscotch goodness!

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I added a touch more of pumpkin spice to the treat bar mixture and a dash of cinnamon to the white chocolate drizzle! The second you smell and taste these, you will have all the fall feels, they pack huge flavour!

Overall, this is a recipe that is perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond, and with it being so simple you will want to make them again and again!

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So, if you are a fan of pumpkin spice, or have given in to the obsession, make a batch of these for your friends or family who maybe aren’t on that same level as you. You will have them converted and dreaming of pumpkin spice in no time!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of butterscotch chips (approximately 1 small bag)
  • ¾ cup of light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of mini marshmallows
  • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 cups of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon

-Recipe makes approximately 24 bars

Instructions:

  1. Spray a 9×13” pan with cooking spray and set aside
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave butterscotch chips, light corn syrup, butter, and mini marshmallows for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Stir every minute.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice
  4. Add the Cheerios, mixing them quickly until they fully coated in the butterscotch mix
  5. Press the completed mixture into your greased pan. Use a spoon or your hands (add some cooking spray so the mix doesn’t stick!)
  6. In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat for 30-second stirring in between until smooth. Stir in cinnamon.
  7. Spread the chocolate over the bars evenly. I put the mix into a small plastic bag and made a small hole to drizzle it over the Cheerios
  8. Refrigerate your completed bars for an hour or until they are firm. Cut, and serve.
  9. Store in an airtight container (I found they stay better in the fridge)

Let me know if you give these a try and what you think. HAPPY FALL YA’LL!

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Staffordable Savings: Vans Edition

Last year Vans shoes made a huge comeback and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. We’ve seen them being styled on just about every celebrity, especially in the classic black with white stripe. There are so many fun patterns and styles to choose from, but I thought I would still with a classic to add to my collection.

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One quick scroll through Instagram, or a quick search on Pinterest, you will see the many ways these versatile shoes can be worn. From joggers to ripped jeans and even summer dresses, you name it, these shoes can be rocked however you chose! They are quite similar to the Converse All-Stars which we know had their comeback a few years ago and have stuck. I have a few Converse in my collection, although find that they are not always the most comfortable for long wear. The Vans seems to have a little more material to them, and a little more cushion inside the actually sole of the shoe. Both are considered “skateboarding shoes” but don’t let that scare you away.

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I went with the classic black and white stripe as I figured they would match with just about anything. I had tried them on at a couple of stores since I wasn’t sure of my size and sometimes these style of shoes run differently than what you are typically used to.  I wasn’t surprised by the $90.00 price tag that these shoes carry, and unfortunately they are just one of those styles that don’t really go on sale, much like Converse, unless you went for a different pattern or not so typical colour.

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It was then that my “Staffordable Savings” brained turned on. I had searched online to see where the shoes were available, and to see if the prices varied among them at all. Not to my surprise at all, they all ran about the same price-tag. I then began looking at the kids section, if you are lucky enough to fit into kid’s sizes you will be so surprised at how much money you can save on shoes! My size runs anywhere from about an 8 to an 8.5 depending on the fit and style. I went to a store to try on a kid’s size first, before ultimately placing an order online.

Now while mine differ a little bit from the classic Van’s Oldskool which are what I was initially looking for, the Van’s Ward look so similar, the difference is ever so slight. Women’s sizing runs typically 1.5 sizes larger than a youth size. Since I typically wear an 8-8.5 I went with a kid’s size 6 and they fit perfectly!

To show you an example of how much I saved by going with a kid’s size, in a slightly differently style I have compared them below:

Van’s Old Skool (Men or Women’s)- $90.00

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Van’s Ward (Women’s)- $84.00

Van’s Ward (Kid’s)- $62.00

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The savings don’t end there! There are a lot of welcome membership promotions that if you sign up for emails you can receive 10-15% of your first purchase. It’s not much, but it takes off the tax and hey, it’s saving you money so why not! On top of my 10% discount promo from signing up with The Shoe Company, I also made my purchase through Ebates which got me back another $5.00 off my total purchase. All in all, my shoes went from being $90.00 to just over $50.00 (just about half the price!)

Sometimes it pays (literally) to search around, browse for the best deals, and look for coupons and other promo codes that can be applied at checkout!

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Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo,

Staffordable

50’s Flashback Photoshoot

Sometimes life doesn’t work out exactly as planned, and sometimes, when it doesn’t, it means that better things are coming your way. Sometimes, you just have to let go, go with the flow, and know that everything will and does work out. Those last few words are a few that my fiancé repeats to me, and are things that he is really good at and what I really admire about him.

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how this bouquet is pastel perfection!

So, when I had a shoot “perfectly” planned for us, and our shooting location shut down unexpectedly, it was on to plan b. The problem was, there was no plan b, a big no no on my part. I was so set on  this specific photo-shoot location, I planned my outfits around it, and thought everything was going to be just perfect. When Krenare, our photographer messaged me 10 minutes before we were supposed to meet telling me that news you could imagine my disappointment.  I really had to think quick on my feet and find somewhere that we could shoot indoors (the weather was not on our side that day).

Luckily, I had recently seen some pictures of the most adorable doughnut shop on Instagram, and it was the first thing that popped into my mind. So, on our way to meet with the photographer I called the doughnut shop (which was down the road from our initial spot) to make sure they were okay if we came in and took some pictures.  When they said yes, that panic was all of a sudden swept away with a huge feeling of relief.

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Now while I was upset that the initial location didn’t work out, and that the weather didn’t exactly cooperate with us for outdoor photos, I cannot believe how amazing and perfect the shots that we got turned out. It really goes to show you that things really do work out, and to not stress the small things.

The shoot location was so inspiring that it also was what helped me land on the theme for my birthday party this year. Every year, I plan a party, where everyone comes in costume, and I decorate and serve food and drinks according to the theme. After this shoot, I fell in love with the 1950’s so much so, that I have even been purchasing a lot of retro items of clothes–lucky for me, the retro theme hit stores HUGE, and came perfectly timed for my party (early birthday gift, I think so!) The pastels, the polka dots, the full swing skirts, I could just go on and on about how much I love all of it!

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It helped having an amazing and patient photographer and THE cutest retro doughnut shop to shoot at.

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I am so excited to share with you guys our little couples shoot, because really, no matter where the pictures were taken, it was always about love, and that would shine through wherever we went.

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This was my first time visiting Daddy O Doughnuts, and I can assure you it won’t be my last. I’m not a huge fan of doughnuts, or sweets in general really, so when I actually enjoyed my ‘Homer Simpson’ doughnut, you know it had to be good. My financé of course was happier than a kid in a candy store when he found out the new shooting location and that eating of doughnuts would be involved. It really was a win win for everyone involved.

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A special thank you to everyone who made this shoot so special, these are a few pictures that are a keepsake to remind me everyday why I love my fiancé, and how he’s helping shape me into a better person.

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Stay tuned for lots of behind the scenes and for highlights from my Retro/50’s Diner themed birthday party coming up in less than a week! You can follow along on my Instagram to see what I’m up to leading up to the day, and of course, lots of day of sneak peaks!

Location: Daddy O Dougnuts , Photographer: Krenare Ali, Makeup: Facetime With Daniela ,Makeup: Hair Addictz StudioFlowers: Blossom Moments

xoxo,

Staffordable

La-La-Lavender Land

Goodbye millennial pink, HELLO lavender. Okay…maybe not goodbye forever, but so long for now, because shades of purple are taking over in 2018! 

When Pantone announced  Ultra Violet as 2018’s colour of the year, we began seeing it, along with different swatches of purple popping up on Spring/Summer runways, decor, etc. I for one am loving every minute of it, it’s it’s such a refreshing shade for Spring! 

When Bench Canada asked me to partner up with them, and I saw these lovely lavender pieces, I knew I had to have them and style them! The soft fleece zip-up sweater and bouclé jacket were perfect for a chilly day in Montreal. I topped the look off with my favourite winter accessory (a pom-pom hat)– in the matching lavender shade to boot! 

All sale items are an additional 60% off and selected New Arrivals at 40% off right now!

Head to toe lavender, I LOVE how this look came together! I’ve styled it 3 different ways to show you how versatile the pieces are! 

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The standing collar worked great as a neck warmer, and was perfect for the cold! I loved the asymmetrical zip, added a little different element to the jacket! It also has thumb holes on the cuffs (bonus WIN!)

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Don’t mind my big winter boots- it was cold, and snowy and we walked around ALL day!

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Not only perfect for outside, but it was the perfect coat to throw over inside this adorable café

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Safe to say I’ll be living in this sweater for the rest of Winter into Spring!

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When your sweater matches the sunset (SWOON!)

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I hope you enjoyed this look and hop on the purple bandwagon for Spring, you won’t be disappointed!

Clothing c/o Bench Canada: Jacket, Sweater , Pom Pom Hat (Similar).  Pants- Banana Republic, Sunglasses- Quay Australia 

Pastel Pink Candy Apples & Halloween Bar Cart

What’s better than candy apples you ask? Pastel pink candy apples of course! You won’t feel as guilty indulging in these treats after all, they’re made of fruit so they’re partially good for you, right?! You will definitely want to add these to your Halloween desserts when you find out just how easy these are to make!

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Traditional candy apples are made up of a mixture of corn syrup, water and sugar that are boiled until they’re the perfect and sticky consistency for dipping. MAJOR TIME SAVING HACK: use candy melts (available at Michaels and Bulk Barn), melt them in the microwave or double- boiler on the stove, dip your apples, and VOILA! Just like that, in a few minutes you will have beautiful “candy” apples!

What you’ll need:

*Green Apples, plastic twigs (I got mine from Michaels), you could use real ones, or candy apple sticks

Candy Melts (in the colour of your choice) + any other sprinkles or toppings you want to put on your apples

Wax Paper (once your apples are dipped place them on wax paper for easy removal)

Cake stand or platter to display your beautiful apples!

 

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Every holiday or special occasion I style my bartcart, it is so much fun to do and you can really get as creative as you want with it!  This year I used the apples as the centerpiece and went from there with decorating the rest. I opted for a black and white theme which really made the pink apples pop!

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Here’s a look at my final styled bar-cart, how cute do the pop of pink apples look on here?!

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These 3- ingredient pumpkin bites were a huge hit! All you need is peanut butter, softened butter, icing sugar, and a little bit of food colouring! Top with a chocolate chip and use a toothpick to make the indents and you’re all set! IMG_2297IMG_2296IMG_2295

Here’s my second styling- I kept with the black and white theme and made a simple vanilla cake with Oreo (eyes) and a surprise purple colour inside!

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Mini Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies

Nothing says Fall or Thanksgiving quite like pumpkin pie! These little sugar cookies pack a huge bite of the pumpkin pie you know and love. The added hint of cream cheese is the icing on top of a perfect pie!

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Prep- 40 minutes Total-1 hr 25 Serves-36

Ingredients
Cookie Base
• 1 package of Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
• Butter and egg as directed on cookie mix package

Pumpkin Filling

  • 1 brick of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Topping

  • Betty Crocker™ cream cheese frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray (I used mini ones).
  2. Make the dough as directed on the package.
  3. Press approximately 1 1/4 inch balls evenly into the bottom of the pan going slightly up the sides. Make a deep enough well so you the pie filling fits inside.
  4. Mix Pumpkin Filling ingredients in s medium sized bowl with a whisk until smooth.
  5. Spoon a small amount into the each cookie filled muffin tin and spread evenly.
  6. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown and the filling has set.
  7. Both the cookies and the filling will be soft, let cool for 10 minutes in the tin.
  8. Very carefully remove and place on a wire rack to cool and harden.
  9. Using a small plastic bag, add cream cheese frosting and cut a small piece from the tip of the bag. Pipe a small amount onto each pie and sprinkle lightly with pumpkin spice.

*Refrigerate the cookies in a container or wrapped in plastic wrap.

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Enjoy your minis, these are the perfect bite size treat to bring to the table for Thanksgiving!

xoxo,

Sara